By Jessica Creagan
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Election Day isn't until Nov. 5, but candidates for two municipalities are already qualified and ready to show the cities what they are made of and where they stand on issues.
Both Vero Beach and Sebastian city councils could see changes on the dais with challengers rising up for a chance to be the voice of the people this election cycle.
There were no challengers in the scheduled Fellsmere election, so the incumbents Councilwoman Sara Savage and Mayor Susan Adams, will be sworn into their new terms in November.
In Vero Beach, vice mayor Tracy Carroll and councilman Dick Winger are seeking re-election and they are challenged by Joseph Guffanti, a frequent council critic, newcomer Amelia Graves, former mayor Warren Winchester and former councilman Brian Heady.
Mr. Winchester served on council from 1994 to 1996, while Mr. Heady served from 2009 to 2011.
The top two vote-getters will be sworn in after the election.
Three incumbents in Sebastian, mayor Bob McPartlan, vice mayor Don Wright and councilwoman Andrea Coy will face off against two challengers, former Mayor Richard Gillmor and businessman and council critic Damien Gilliams.
Mr. Gillmor served on Sebastian City Council from 2008 to 2012 and was elected mayor in 2009 and 2010.
According to the Supervisor of Elections office, there will be no early voting opportunities available this year.
Hometown News is contacting all the candidates and requesting their participation in a questionnaire and the answers will be published in future newspaper issues.
For more information about the city council elections, visit www.cityofsebastian.org or www.covb.org.
For voting information, visit www.voteindianriver.com.